Top Twenty Acts Brits Consider ‘Criminal’
By James Whittington, Sunday 20th January 2019
CBS Justice is the home for top TV crime shows, but what offences do the British public think should be made illegal?

Researchers polled the nation to discover the everyday “crimes” we’d like to see people apprehended for, which include not offering visitors cups of tea, playing music through phone speakers in public, and wearing flip flops in cold weather.

Other “offences” we’d like to see outlawed include smelly food on public transport, excessive public displays of affection, and bare feet in the office.

In fact, 61 percent of Brits polled believe that people who commit many of these “small crimes” don’t care about the world around them, and should be fined to teach them a lesson.

Some of us get so miffed about other people’s behaviour that we’d be willing to go further and put offenders behind bars – even if just for one night – to teach them what is and isn’t acceptable.

Despite wanting people punished for these offences, 66 percent of those polled admit to having “committed” these types of antisocial acts themselves in the past.

Over a quarter (26 percent) of the 1,500 respondents surveyed by TV Channel CBS Justice said that driving in the middle lane of the motorway should be a jailable offence, while 22 percent said that the consequence of letting kids run riot in restaurants should be a night in prison.

A staggering 82 percent said they’d put an end to restaurant rudeness by fining people who are impolite to waiters.

The research from CBS Justice also reveals that 86 percent of the Brits polled think people are less considerate now than they were in their parents’ day. In fact, three quarters of respondents said they’d happily pay their debts to society for these types of infractions, if it would serve as a warning to others.

We’re willing to point out when someone crosses the line, with 50 percent of respondents saying they’d even tell their friends off if they misbehave. A further 12 percent said they couldn’t be pals with someone who continually carried out any of these acts.

There were some splits in the sexes, as being rude to waiters is viewed as a crime by 27 percent of women and only 21 percent of men, while a third of men believe using a phone in the cinema should be a crime compared to only 27 percent of women.

Over-60s are most particular when it comes to using public transport, with 40 percent of this age bracket eager to see noisy behaviour in the quiet train carriage punished, compared to a 21 percent response from 16 to 29 year-olds.

Regionally, Leicester is the ‘criminal’ capital of the UK, with 83 percent of the local population confessing to these types of anti-social behaviour; nearly a third more than the well-mannered folk of Norwich (52 percent).

“This study clearly shows as a nation we are not the most tolerant. In fact, there are some things we simply cannot abide and behaviours we find totally unacceptable. The fact some of us would advocate a jail sentence to force people to reconsider their actions shows that we value playing by the rules and have an abiding sense of law and order – and perhaps a bit of a sense of humour about it all too”, said a spokesperson of CBS Justice. “Fortunately, UK viewers can see plenty of justice served on our new look channel, which boasts programmes such as NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, CSI: Miami, Scorpion, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Gunsmoke.

Top Twenty Acts Brits Consider ‘Criminal’
1. Sticking used chewing gum to the underside of tables or desks - 37%
2. Letting unruly kids run riot in restaurants - 36%
3. Queue jumping - 32%
4. Using mobile phones in the cinema - 30%
5. Listening to music through phone speakers in a public place - 28%
6. Noisy behaviour in the train’s quiet carriage - 27%
7. Driving in the middle lane of a motorway - 27%
8. Being rude to waiters - 25%
9. Smoking and/or vaping whilst walking down the street - 25%
10. Walking slowly in a group taking over the whole pavement - 21%
11. Eating smelly food on public transport - 21%
12. Not saying thank you when someone has held the door open for you - 19%
13. Cutting fingernails (or toenails) in public - 17%
14. Excessive public displays of affection - 12%
15. Breaking wind in public - 10%
16. Holding a dinner knife like a pen - 10%
17. Bare feet in the office - 8%
18. Wearing flip flops in cold weather - 7%
19. Not offering visitors a cup of tea - 5%
20. Letting washing up gloves fall in the water, so they get wet on the inside - 5%

Do you agree? Let us know via Twitter which offences you'd like to see made illegal!

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